Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New Yorker, Politico, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: Performance Artist Cecilia Corrigan Kisses Her Muse, Hillary Clinton, Goodbye

Originally published in The Village Voice View this story online Like many Americans, artist Cecilia Corrigan was expecting to spend the final months of 2016 celebrating Hillary Clinton’s election to the presidency. But dreading a future under the alternative is … Continue reading


Published: How Hamilton Star Lexi Lawson Brings One of History’s Inspiring Moms to Life

Originally published on CafeMom View this story online Lexi Lawson may be a newcomer to Broadway, but she has stepped into the role of Eliza in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton with short notice and apparent ease. With the hit Broadway musical … Continue reading


Published: Molly Ringwald on the “Mystery” of Hollywood’s Gender Inequality

Originally published on Elle.com View this story online For more than 30 years, Molly Ringwald has been a beacon for teens everywhere, thanks to her endearing and relatable adolescent characters in 16 Candles and The Breakfast Club. These movies—and her … Continue reading


Interview: Aaron Tveit, Hamilton Stars and Wicked Creator Imagine Election 2016: The Musical

On the eve of the 2016 election, Broadway’s brightest gathered at the Dramatists Guild Fund Gala at Gotham Hall in New York, NY for Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition. The evening honored patrons of the arts … Continue reading


Review: Plenty

  Disappointment is the undeniable theme of Plenty, David Hare’s play that is presented in a lukewarm revival at the Public Theater. And that disappointment is not limited to just the characters onstage. Hare, a playwright known for politically charged … Continue reading


Review: Heisenberg

“I’m sorry. Was that an unnecessary act of confession?” The answer is yes. For almost 80 minutes straight, yes. The entirety of this play is too confessional and absolutely unnecessary. That would be Heisenberg, the new play by Simon Stephens, … Continue reading


Published: Trump Is Losing Educated GOP Women—and Splitting Up Families Along the Way

Originally published on Politico View this story online As the election ticks down to the wire, there’s a glaring disadvantage staring the Trump campaign in the face—one that is an explicit slap to his daughter, Ivanka, a Wharton Business School … Continue reading


Review: Holiday Inn

It’s early in the year to blame a weight gain on the holidays, but after seeing Holiday Inn, the new Irving Berlin musical at Studio 54, I was afraid to step on the scale for fear some of the sweetness … Continue reading